Group All Shapes Within A Selection Of Cells

By Chris Newman •  Updated: 08/24/17 •  5 min read
VBA Macro Code Group Shapes Based On Cell Selection

What This VBA Code Does

This VBA code is a nifty little I created to solve the hassle of selecting each shape individually in order to group them. With this code, you can essentially select a range of cells and any shapes within that selected range will get automatically grouped together. Once you have this capability added to your personal macro workbook, you won't know how you ever lived without it! Enjoy!!

VBA Code:

Sub GroupShapesInsideCellRange()
'PURPOSE: Group all Shapes within a User's Selected Range
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

Dim shp As Shape
Dim rng As Range
Dim grp As Object

Application.ScreenUpdating = False

'Pull-in what is selected on screen
  Set UserSelection = ActiveWindow.Selection

'Test to see if there is a range selected by the user
  On Error Resume Next
    Set rng = Selection
  On Error GoTo 0

'Group Shapes Within Selected Range
  If Not rng Is Nothing Then
    'Hide any Shape Outside of User's Selected Range
      For Each shp In ActiveSheet.Shapes
        If Intersect(rng, shp.TopLeftCell) Is Nothing And _
          Intersect(rng, shp.BottomRightCell) Is Nothing Then
             If shp.Type <> msoComment Then shp.Visible = msoFalse
        End If
      Next shp
    'Select All Visible Shapes
      On Error GoTo Skip
      On Error GoTo 0
    'Group Shapes Together and select
      If VarType(Selection) = 9 Then
        Set grp = Selection.Group
      End If
    'Unhide the rest of the Shapes
      For Each shp In ActiveSheet.Shapes
        If shp.Type <> msoComment Then
          If shp.Visible = msoFalse Then shp.Visible = msoTrue
        End If
      Next shp
  End If

End Sub

Using VBA Code Found On The Internet

Now that you’ve found some VBA code that could potentially solve your Excel automation problem, what do you do with it? If you don’t necessarily want to learn how to code VBA and are just looking for the fastest way to implement this code into your spreadsheet, I wrote an article (with video) that explains how to get the VBA code you’ve found running on your spreadsheet.

Getting Started Automating Excel

Are you new to VBA and not sure where to begin? Check out my quickstart guide to learning VBA. This article won’t overwhelm you with fancy coding jargon, as it provides you with a simplistic and straightforward approach to the basic things I wish I knew when trying to teach myself how to automate tasks in Excel with VBA Macros.

Also, if you haven’t checked out Excel’s latest automation feature called Power Query, I have put together a beginner’s guide for automating with Excel’s Power Query feature as well! This little-known built-in Excel feature allows you to merge and clean data automatically with little to no coding!

How Do I Modify This To Fit My Specific Needs?

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Chris Newman

Chris Newman

Chris is a finance professional and Excel MVP recognized by Microsoft since 2016. With his expertise, he founded TheSpreadsheetGuru blog to help fellow Excel users, where he shares his vast creative solutions & expertise. In addition, he has developed over 7 widely-used Excel Add-ins that have been embraced by individuals and companies worldwide.